RENO, Nev. — A panel of national school security experts concluded that school buses are more likely to experience violence from students or people related to students, than from outsiders.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommended adding collision avoidance systems and lap-shoulder seat belts to all new large school buses during a meeting held to examine the causes of two fatal 2016 school bus crashes, one in Baltimore, Md. and the other in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking school districts that are interested in equipping school buses with lap-shoulder seat belts, to participate in a five-year study on how the occupant restraints affect on-board student behavior.
Editor’s note: Protective intelligence is defined as the training of people in how to spot behaviors and communications that indicate a potential target is being surveilled prior to an attack. School buses are considered “soft targets,” because they are mobile, difficult to protect, and are highly vulnerable to a variety of attack methods.